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One of our favorite Articles from one of our favorite Musicians clearly articulates the Importance of a Party!


"Ask Andrew W.K.:

Hello Andrew,

I must admit, I’ve only recently discovered you and your writing, but I read your column on the dehumanizing effects of our political divide and I found it quite poignant. I was intrigued enough to look further into you and your work, and I must say, with all due respect, I just don’t understand your obsession with “partying.” The juvenile antics, unkempt image, and “partying” themes cheapen the quality of your ideas and, to be frank, make it very hard to take you seriously. I guess I just don’t get it.

Intelligent Observer


Dear Intelligent Observer,

The very nature of partying is to provide a life-saving release from the constant pressure to “take things seriously.” Seriousness of the sort you’re describing is precisely why things like partying are crucial to our mental and spiritual health. I take joy very seriously, and partying is the formal pursuit and celebration of joy itself. I’m having a party to celebrate life. I’m having a party to celebrate partying itself.

It seems to me that people often equate intelligence with seriousness, and stupidity with playfulness. These people also tend to overvalue a sort of stoic distance and lack of excitement and enthusiasm as somehow being a sign of wisdom and advanced thinking. An austere and somber attitude doesn’t make someone smarter or more intellectual. Sometimes people are overly serious because they’re afraid of looking unkempt, unimportant, uneducated — they fear they’ll “make a fool out of themselves” if they don’t remain dour and stiff. In my opinion, if more people aspired to the level of life-mastery and self-actualization that a true fool has attained, there’d be much less conflict in the world. Fools realize that the most ignorant people are usually the ones most violently accusing others of being ignorant. Fools realize that in most cases, understanding is overrated. Most importantly, fools realize that no one really knows what’s going on, starting first and foremost with themselves.


You can enjoy something without having to comprehend it. You can appreciate a melody without knowing what notes it consists of. You don’t need to “get” me or what I do. I’m not here to be understood, I’m here to be experienced. I’m not here to impress you. I’m here to party with you.

I don’t understand why people have such a problem with partying anyway. Much like music, smiling, and laughter, partying is one of the few activities enjoyed by all people across the globe since the dawn of civilization. Despite how popular celebration is, partying still gets a bad rap for being “low” behavior. People think it’s irresponsible or somehow morally wrong to enjoy life in a pure and playful way without some “higher” purpose to it. But that is the whole purpose — the beauty of partying and joy is that it doesn’t need any additional purpose — it’s an end in itself. And that end is the experience of joy in the highest order.

Partying is fully immersing ourselves in the best and most immediate aspects of this incredible gift called “being alive.” Joy brings out the best in us. Partying allows us to experience the best of that joy and be truly ourselves. Partying allows us to be close with other people that we wouldn’t necessarily connect with in other circumstances. To look over and see a total stranger lost in blissful happiness, smiling from the depths of their soul for no reason except that it feels good, and to understand exactly what they’re feeling because you feel it too. That is the magic of partying. That exhilarating pleasure of not-having-to-be-yourself! That sheer delight of really being free! That glory of being in love with life! That feeling of feeling really, really good!


What’s all the rest of this madness for otherwise? What are all our ceaseless efforts for if not to earn us moments of pure euphoria and elation? Are we not meant to be in a state of energized enthusiasm about our own existence? Isn’t that an evolutionary survival technique anyway — so that we want to stay alive and press on — because we have joy to look forward to? I’m pretty sure that the end result of all our work, all our battling, and all our pain and suffering isn’t to see how serious and grim we can be. The darker the world, the more we must increase our efforts to stay in the light — and to defend that light from the encroaching shadow. If there is such a thing as evil, it wants nothing more than to have us believe that feeling joy is wrong.

We must be brave enough to wholeheartedly deny all the forces working to crush our spirit. We must not let devastation and death remove the joy from life. Existence is confusing and challenging enough as it is. Taking it too seriously and removing the few opportunities for unadulterated cheerfulness does not alleviate us of this burden — it weighs us down further and saps our strength until all we can do is plod along towards the void without any relief. The more appropriate response to life is to remain at play and in awe, not to mock the severity of our collective plight, but to truly stay engaged in the bewildering and ferocious grandeur of this adventure we’re on together. Whether we like it or not, we were all invited to this party and we must work to have the best time we can while we’re all here.

Having the strength to smile, to stay close to joy, and to stay close to each other will see us through our darkest and most challenging ordeals. It’s not as easy as being glum and cold, but it’s worth the extra effort. Believing that joy is wrong is the most violent disrespect to our inherent nature as loving, pleasure seeking creatures. Let us elevate ourselves and embrace our highest and mightiest capacity for happiness. This life is our chance to unleash as much joy onto the world as we can. Let us make that joy together. Let us cheer each other up and cheer each other on. Let us party and party as hard as we can. After all, we can’t save the world in a bad mood.

Your friend,
Andrew W.K."





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Kids are Absolutely Incredible-- and tell them so!


For over a decade, America has honored kids by celebrating annually on the third Thursday of March, Absolutely Incredible Kid Day.  Join in by spreading words of encouragement to kids nationwide this Thursday March 15th!

It seems like every adult has a never-ending to-do list; however, it's imperative to make the time to reinforce positive words of support to our youth.  Camp Fire USA made the call to action for parents and adults everywhere to simply write an inspiring letter of love to a child.

Absolutely get involved.

Invite parents, neighbors and colleagues over for a community writing event!  Include a variety of stationery, stickers, bright markers and metallic pens to stimulate creativity for making posters and writing multiple letters to multiple kids.

A heartfelt message gives kids recognition, motivation and boosts self-esteem.  If you're not sure what to say, check out this video for suggestions.

You can also write, call, text, post, or message. The medium doesn’t matter.  The message does:  You are incredible just the way you are. 

Sign up to participate in #KidDay:

On March 15, I promise to tell at least one kid why they are INCREDIBLE!


No matter what, kids absolutely want to have fun.  Play games like Pinata and have it filled with personalized poems & candy, or have a scavenger hunt for them to search and find their absolutely incredible letters.  For help organizing your Absolutely Incredible Kid Day event, leave a comment or contact UNITE for a professional event planner.

It only takes a moment to tell a kid how absolutely incredible they are.

How will you tell a kid they are absolutely incredible?


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 Let The Warmth Of Friends & Family

Take The Chill From The Air,


 And May The Spirit Of This Season

Make The Cold Easier To Bear!


Happy Holidays!



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It takes decades to be able to be considered "Grand" so be sure to celebrate your elders this Grandparents Day!


Sunday September 11, 2016 is National Grandparents Day where everyone gets the chance to honor the important role grandparents play in each one of our lives. Committing to spend time regularly with grandparents means extra love and extra wisdom for both of you!

Keep reading for celebration inspirations or contact us to make your arrangements.


Set The Tone.  Do research and compose a music CD with songs from your grandparent's youth until now.

 Satisfy.  Being "Grand" came with time and perseverance, so for this occasion prepare a slow-cooked meal. 

Savor.  Dessert Anyone? Easy as pie... literally! No matter what age you are, the classic combination of fresh-baked pie and ice-cream will put a smile on anyone's face.

 Simply Have Fun.  Enjoy a trip to the zoo, look through old photos or play card & board games.


This is a great time for family... but if your grandparents are no longer with you, then be encouraged to adopt a grandparent, and not for just one day a year or material giving, but for a lifetime of experience and caring just waiting to be shared with others. Here are some easy options:

Volunteer at an assisted living facility.  Most senior centers and nursing homes are eager for volunteers that are willing to spend time with residents and will know who is most interested in making new friends. You may be surprised at how much laughter you and your new friend can share.

Become a pen pal.  Mail a greeting card and write regularly to distant relatives or seniors that you have met in your neighborhood or at community organizations.

Time is an issue but you still want to support the cause.  Consider making a financial donation to groups like Adopt-A-Native-Elder which exists to bridge Elder Native Americans and other cultures, or go global with international organizations that fight for the rights of seniors in poverty like Adopta un Abuelito who raises money for the elderly poor in Peru.  Both provide nutritious meals, medical care and meaningful activities.

Cheers to a Grand-Good-Time on Grandparents Day!

How will you celebrate?




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